Our sense of smell is a true sensory channel that allows us to understand the world around us.
Its great particularity lies in its privileged and priority link with the non-conscious areas of our brain, which are the emotional, memory and reward areas. This direct link allows the odorous message to be processed before any identification phase.
It is on this fundamental physiological pillar that the personalised therapeutic accompaniment by odours is based.
Olfactory stimuli are used as keys to access information in order to provide answers to specific problems.
Because it has never been so important to take care of one's sense of smell, you should know that there are rehabilitation solutions for olfactory and taste disturbances after Covid:
Personalized scent therapy is for anyone seeking balance and well-being.
No need to have a particularly good sense of smell: the personalised approach is adapted to each individual's abilities.
The OSTMR℠ method
Olfactory Stimulation Therapy & Memory Reconstruction (OSTMR℠)
is a therapeutic method using olfactory stimulation created by Dr. Olga Alexandre - neuropsychiatrist and biochemist. It is based on proven protocols developed with the primary aim of improving quality of life.
The olfactory stimuli arouse emotional and memory responses specific to the problems identified.
These stimuli are always used in diluted form and meet the relevant standards to ensure controlled use.
The OSTMR℠ method is based on 4 pillars:
- neurology of the sense of smell
- emotional psychology
- individual experience of each person
- therapeutic properties of odorants
Applications and Benefits:
- rehabilitation of the sense of smell: (post-Covid, post-trauma, post-chemotherapy...): Management of the specificities of quantitative and qualitative dysosmia (smell disorders).
- emotional regulation: (stress management, anxiety, sleep disorders, prevention...): Tame your feelings to (re)find balance and well-being.
- memory disorders: (post-trauma, post-stroke, neurodegenerative diseases: Alzheimer, work on autobiographical memory): Reactivation of close emotional links with our memories.
How does a session work?
In the first instance, a preliminary telephone conversation allows us to see how to best support you according to your specific needs.
During the first session, a quick test of your sense of smell will be carried out in order to adapt the proposed smells as well as possible. Together we will set the objectives and discuss the course of the support envisaged (estimated number of sessions, frequency, etc.)
At each session I offer you a personalised and targeted therapeutic support combining guided olfactory stimulation and exploration of your feelings.
- online (with prior shipment of the stimuli)
- at home or at work (Haut-Rhin: 3 borders region)
1 hour approx.
comprehensive and personalised support
prices on request
by appointment only
possibility of sessions in English
"A big thank you to Sonia for her enormous help during my olfactory rehabilitation.
After losing my sense of smell during the covid, I got it back but with major problems with my sense of smell. Many smells were distorted (very strong and unpleasant smell) and it became unbearable. Being a great lover of gastronomy, it was very difficult for me.
Moreover, it was all the dairy products and some vegetables that were a problem for me. In other words, the vast majority of foods that are part of our recipes in France. My doctor didn't care at all and I felt completely abandoned and lost. I had no hope that it would come back. While reading an article, I discovered the method but no one was offering it near me. Luckily, Sonia also does long-distance sessions. I thought "why not?" and I was right because she was a huge help.
After two months (one session per week), I had already made considerable progress: I could go back to the restaurant and eat at friends' houses again...
And in three months it was solved. Today, I have no more problems and can live and eat normally again.
I also enjoyed my sessions very much because Sonia is a very pleasant person, who listens and with whom I had beautiful exchanges. I recommend to all those who have problems with their sense of smell to contact her. The method may seem simple but it is extremely effective. I had already tried to do it alone but it didn't work at all. The possibility of doing the sessions remotely is also very appreciable."
"I lost my sense of smell in late 2020 as a result of covid, with no recovery in the months that followed. The ENT doctor told me that I would not recover. So I started the rehabilitation without waiting, in order to try everything. And it is progressively that the smells and the tastes came back to me as I went along. Sonia is very available and responsive and we are really guided step by step. You just have to let yourself be guided over the months. This re-education was really a moment of dialogue and exchange. It has resulted in the recovery, almost as before, of smells. In spite of the deficits I still have, I do not regret having done the rehabilitation and I have learned to apprehend the world of smells and flavors differently.
"I lost my sense of smell two years ago after a brain haemorrhage. My neurologist told me that what was not recovered within a year was lost permanently. I stimulated my sense of smell on my own during that first year to achieve a 20% recovery.
When a year later I read an article about Sonia, I didn't hesitate to make an appointment. I had nothing to lose. What a surprise to see that what I had done alone was nothing like these sessions. From session to session I saw things falling into place. My sense of smell was still evolving!
I think I've got 50% of my sense of smell back and that's thanks to Sonia and her coaching.
" Back to the land of scents!
After a year of almost total anosmia due to Covid, I thought I would never find my nose, my memories and the security of smelling my direct environment. It took about ten sessions of work on positive sensations from the past with Sonia Pichon to rebuild my olfactory library. Memory is a key asset for a return to the land of scents! A useful journey towards serenity and happiness.